It’s the first-ever back-to-back win for Hot Rod Drag Week! The Unlimited class winner for 2009 and the new Hot Rod Magazine Fastest Street Car in America is Larry Larson in his 1966 Nova. The first two-time win, and Larry also set the quickest and fastest pass ever for a Drag Week car: 7.25 at 199 mph. That’s unheard of for a car that drove nearly 1,200 miles in five days!
Larson’s car is based on a full tube chassis built at his own Larson Race Cars in Oak Grove, Missouri, and runs a twin-turbo, Mike Moran-built big-block Chevy backed by a Lenco trans. This is the stuff that everyone says you can’t run on the street. Wrong!
The only car who challenged Larry for the Unlimited win was Jeff Lutz in a 1957 Chevy turbo car, but that entry broke earlier in the week. It’s notalble that Larson helped Lutz try to stay in the race. That sportsmanship is what Drag Week is all about! That and hauling serious ass!
Larry’s slowest pass of the week was 7.76 at 193 mph. On the last day of Drag Week in Muncie, Indiana, he ran 7.63 for a week-long average of 7.61. And that’s presuming he does not try to run again today!
Huge congrats to a great racer.